Parallel Bible results for Job 21

Good News Translation w/ Apocrypha

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Job 21

GNTA 1 Listen to what I am saying; NIV 1 Then Job replied: GNTA 2 that is all the comfort I ask from you. NIV 2 “Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me. GNTA 3 Give me a chance to speak and then, when I am through, sneer if you like. NIV 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. GNTA 4 My quarrel is not with mortals; I have good reason to be impatient. NIV 4 “Is my complaint directed to a human being? Why should I not be impatient? GNTA 5 Look at me. Isn't that enough to make you stare in shocked silence? NIV 5 Look at me and be appalled; clap your hand over your mouth. GNTA 6 When I think of what has happened to me, I am stunned, and I tremble and shake. NIV 6 When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. GNTA 7 Why does God let evil people live, let them grow old and prosper? NIV 7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? GNTA 8 They have children and grandchildren, and live to watch them all grow up. NIV 8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes. GNTA 9 God does not bring disaster on their homes; they never have to live in terror. NIV 9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not on them. GNTA 10 Yes, all their cattle breed and give birth without trouble. NIV 10 Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry. GNTA 11 Their children run and play like lambs NIV 11 They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. GNTA 12 and dance to the music of harps and flutes. NIV 12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe. GNTA 13 They live out their lives in peace and quietly die without suffering. NIV 13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace. GNTA 14 The wicked tell God to leave them alone; they don't want to know his will for their lives. NIV 14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. GNTA 15 They think there is no need to serve God nor any advantage in praying to him. NIV 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’ GNTA 16 They claim they succeed by their own strength, but their way of thinking I can't accept. NIV 16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked. GNTA 17 Was a wicked person's light ever put out? Did one of them ever meet with disaster? Did God ever punish the wicked in anger NIV 17 “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger? GNTA 18 and blow them away like straw in the wind, or like dust carried away in a storm? NIV 18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale? GNTA 19 You claim God punishes a child for the sins of his father. No! Let God punish the sinners themselves; let him show that he does it because of [their ]sins. NIV 19 It is said, ‘God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.’ Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it! GNTA 20 Let sinners bear their own punishment; let them feel the wrath of Almighty God. NIV 20 Let their own eyes see their destruction; let them drink the cup of the wrath of the Almighty. GNTA 21 When our lives are over, do we really care whether our children are happy? NIV 21 For what do they care about the families they leave behind when their allotted months come to an end? GNTA 22 Can anyone teach God, who judges even those in high places? NIV 22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest? GNTA 23 Some people stay healthy till the day they die; they die happy and at ease, their bodies well-nourished. NIV 23 One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease, GNTA 25 Others have no happiness at all; they live and die with bitter hearts. NIV 25 Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. GNTA 26 But all alike die and are buried; they all are covered with worms. NIV 26 Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both. GNTA 27 I know what spiteful thoughts you have. NIV 27 “I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me. GNTA 28 You ask, "Where are the homes of great people now, those who practiced evil?" NIV 28 You say, ‘Where now is the house of the great, the tents where the wicked lived?’ GNTA 29 Haven't you talked with people who travel? Don't you know the reports they bring back? NIV 29 Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts— GNTA 30 On the day God is angry and punishes, it is the wicked who are always spared. NIV 30 that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity, that they are delivered from the day of wrath? GNTA 31 There is no one to accuse the wicked or pay them back for all they have done. NIV 31 Who denounces their conduct to their face? Who repays them for what they have done? GNTA 32 When they are carried to the graveyard, to their well-guarded tombs, NIV 32 They are carried to the grave, and watch is kept over their tombs. GNTA 33 thousands join the funeral procession, and even the earth lies gently on their bodies. NIV 33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them. GNTA 34 And you! You try to comfort me with nonsense! Every answer you give is a lie! NIV 34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”

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